Choosing a Bike
Biking specifications vary depending on your child's skill level. For all bikes, they should be structurally sound with no broken parts or wires that may impair safety. Check the brakes and the steering of your child's bike before coming to camp. Special tips for shopping for beginners (Level 1 & 2):
- Do not buy a bike they will "grow into".
- While sitting on the seat, feet should be flat on the ground. If the seat has been lowered completely, and the child is not flat-footed while seated, the bike is likely too big, and we recommend sizing down. This is especially important in Levels 1 and 2.
- There should be a slight bend at their elbows when holding the handlebars.
- Foot brakes are easier than hand brakes for smaller children.
Older kids who know how to ride may want to explore a bike with gears, which is necessary if they wish to participate in Level 5 or Level 6 or our Pedalheads Trail Levels 2 & 3.
Children's bikes are sized according to the diameter of the wheel. Your decision to buy a 10-, 12-, 14-, 16-, 18-, or 20-inch wheel depends on how your child looks and feels when they are sitting on their bike.